Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

Oakar Proposes Boost in Alcohol Research on Women

Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

Oakar Proposes Boost in Alcohol Research on Women

Article excerpt

OAKAR PROPOSES BOOST IN ALCOHOL RESEARCH ON WOMEN

Rep. Mary Rose Oakar (D--OH) introduced legislation (HR-1000) to increase funding of NIAAA by $23 million for research on alcohol and women.

Oakar said that compared to the estimated $136.3 billion cost of alcohol problems to the nation, NIAAA's research budget of $117 million this year is "altogether too little of a research commitment," adding: "What is worse is the fact that of that $117 million, only 5.8% or about $7 million spent on alcohol research related to women."

Moreover, the neglect of women's needs extends beyond the research area, according to Oakar, who explained: "In the U.S., women make up less than 25% of all publicly funded alcohol treatment admissions and about 30% of treatment admissions for other drug dependencies, although women make up an estimated 50% of the total alcohol and drug dependent population. Alcohol use by pregnant women is the leading known cause of mental retardation in newborns."

Oakar said the death rate of female alcoholics is 50% to 100% higher than for male alcoholics, and recent research indicates that women suffer greater physiological damage from alcohol than do men. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.